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EarthTalk: E-waste blizzard

February 23, 2015
EarthTalk: E-waste blizzard With a record four million pre-orders for Apple’s best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s more evident than ever that consumers want the latest in smartphone technology at their fingertips. A new report by analysts at German market research firm GfK determined that global smartphone sales exceeded...

New discount warehouse targets Caribbean shoppers in Miami

February 17, 2015
New discount warehouse targets Caribbean shoppers in Miami MIAMI, USA -- Overstock Miami, a company specializing in providing deeply discounted, brand name consumer goods to the Caribbean and Latin America markets, has opened a new warehouse in the Miami area in South Florida. The company primarily appeals to buyers and resellers...

Monument to victims of slavery to open at UN Headquarters in March

February 14, 2015
Monument to victims of slavery to open at UN Headquarters in March KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade is to be erected in March on the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, who made...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election

February 9, 2015
British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election LONDON, England -- A Labour government would push for UK overseas territories to be put on an international blacklist if they refuse to co-operate with a drive against tax avoidance, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has told them ahead of general elections in Britain in May.

'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored

February 7, 2015
'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just in time for his 70th birthday, Bob Marley’s iconic Land Rover is ready to ride again! The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover which fell into a state of disrepair following the singer’s death over 30 years ago, has been completely restored from clutch to chassis.

British expatriates encouraged to vote in UK election

February 6, 2015
British expatriates encouraged to vote in UK election LONDON, England -- This week the UK Electoral Commission launched a dedicated overseas voter registration campaign. The campaign aims to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the UK Parliamentary General Election, due to take place on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Character development - success is not predetermined

February 5, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Character development - success is not predetermined Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This issue is Character development – Success is not predetermined. The hope is that...

British experts deliver financial investigations training

January 31, 2015
British experts deliver financial investigations training BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Investigators from seven jurisdictions, including Saint Lucia, attended a ten-day training course in core skills in financial investigations delivered by UK experts. Twenty-two investigators learnt how to investigate money laundering, so that they can better prosecute...

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 30

January 30, 2015
Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 30 ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer – where the Caribbean Imagination Embraces the World – has announced a submission call for its 30th Anniversary edition. The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands.

Commonwealth heads of government meeting to be held November 27-29

January 23, 2015
Commonwealth heads of government meeting to be held November 27-29 LONDON, England -- The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Malta, from 27 to 29 November 2015. Heads welcomed the offer of Malta to host CHOGM when they met in Sri Lanka in 2013. Meetings will take place at a number of historical venues around Malta.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Keep calm and carry on

January 20, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Keep calm and carry on Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. The hope is that this submission will cause you to reflect on your parenting skills.

US vice president to host Caribbean energy security summit in Washington this month

January 14, 2015
US vice president to host Caribbean energy security summit in Washington this month WASHINGTON, USA -- US Vice President Joe Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2015. The vice president will to welcome Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy...

Cruise ship rescues eight crewmembers from sinking vessel in the Caribbean

January 13, 2015
Cruise ship rescues eight crewmembers from sinking vessel in the Caribbean SEATTLE, USA -- At 2:10 am on January 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Holland America Line's ms Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away.

Most developing countries will benefit from oil price slump, says World Bank

January 12, 2015
Most developing countries will benefit from oil price slump, says World Bank WASHINGTON, USA -- Gains from low oil prices can be substantial for developing-country importers if supported by stronger global growth, says a World Bank Group analysis of the oil price decline, contained in the latest edition of Global Economic Prospects. The decline in oil prices reflects...

Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries

January 9, 2015
Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Project Steering Committees of the Standby Facilities of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have approved funding for projects in the following countries. Dominican Republic EPA...

US Coast Guard offloads $3.7 million worth of marijuana seized in Caribbean

January 2, 2015
US Coast Guard offloads $3.7 million worth of marijuana seized in Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- The crew of US Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark offloaded approximately 4,100 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $3.7 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach on Wednesday. While on a routine patrol, a Joint Interagency Task Force South maritime patrol aircraft...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Christmas through your eyes

December 26, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Christmas through your eyes Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This installment: Christmas through your eyes. The hope is that this submission...

British navy starts new deployment to Caribbean

December 19, 2014
British navy starts new deployment to Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- British warship HMS Severn is visiting Bridgetown, Barbados this week at the beginning of her deployment to the Caribbean. The UK-based offshore patrol vessel has deployed to the region, recently taking over from HMS Argyll, in order provide to reassurance in the region...

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

100th ACP Group Council session marks milestone outcomes

December 15, 2014
100th ACP Group Council session marks milestone outcomes BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group met for its 100th sitting from 9 – 12 December in Brussels, Belgium. Amongst several significant decisions taken, the Council appointed a new secretary general to head the organisation from 2015-2020.

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

IDB to launch new open data portal on development in the Caribbean

December 12, 2014
IDB to launch new open data portal on development in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will launch in the first quarter of 2015 Numbers for Development, a free and open data portal focused on Latin American and Caribbean development indicators. The new portal will allow users to access and utilize a wealth of IDB data.

Caribbean needs final push to achieve world food summit goal

December 12, 2014
Caribbean needs final push to achieve world food summit goal ROME, Italy -- Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional...

EarthTalk: Getting kids into environmental activism

December 11, 2014
EarthTalk: Getting kids into environmental activism There’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today...

UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

December 10, 2014
UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- The political leaders and representatives of the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. The newly elected leader of the government of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo...

Message for Human Rights Day from UN Secretary-General

December 10, 2014
Message for Human Rights Day from UN Secretary-General On Human Rights Day we speak out. We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group. We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation. This is a matter of individual justice...

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